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Central Highlands

The Central Highlands (Vietnamese: Cao nguyên Trung phần) or Western Highlands (Vietnamese: Tây Nguyên) or Midland Highlands (Vietnamese: Cao nguyên Trung bộ) is a region of amazing natural beauty, with untouched forests, waterfalls, and spectacular scenery. It is home to a large number of ethnic minority groups who live traditionally in the highlands. The region is divided into three subregions including Kon Tum shares borders with Laos and Cambodia, Gia Lai and Dak Lak only share a border with Laos, and Lam Dong is landlocked with no international borders. Each with its own unique topography and climate.

Coffee is the most important product of the Central Highlands, which has an average altitude of 500-600 meters with basalt soil suitable for planting coffee, cacao, pepper, and white mulberry. Due to its elevated altitude, the weather is cooler than on Vietnam's coast, even in the hot season, with morning chills that can be cold late at night. The dry season from February to April can be parched and not particularly pleasant to travel in, while the wet season from July to early August can cause flash flooding and slow down travel.

Da Lat is the most popular destination in the Central Highlands, with Buon Ma Thuot, Kon Tum, and Pleiku being other popular options. The region boasts stunning scenery, including forests, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, as well as opportunities for hiking and trekking, with Nam Cat Tien National Park being a must-see attraction.

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